Silicon wafer shortage starts in 2018

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by DickCappels, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. DickCappels

    Thread Starter Moderator

    Aug 21, 2008
    Silicon wafer shortage starts in 2018

    The article contains some interesting figures, for example by 2021 demand for silicon wafers is expected to reach 13,000 million square inches, or about 8 square km.
  2. nsaspook

    AAC Fanatic!

    Aug 27, 2009
    Silicon is still king. If there is money to be made supply will ramp with demand.
  3. AlbertHall

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jun 4, 2014
    Silicon is one element we are most unlikely to run out of so it is just manufacturing capacity that is lacking. Is this a ploy to increase the price?
    Cynical? Moi?
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  4. GopherT

    AAC Fanatic!

    Nov 23, 2012
    That is like saying, there is plenty of trees, how is there a shortage of houses?

    The capacity to make 99.99% silicon is useless.
    Even the 99.9999% us useless.

    Today 9N silicon is common and 12N is in the works means 12 nines or 99.9999999999%

    Do you want to think how the word "trite" fits your claim, "it's just manufacturing capacity?"
  5. Glenn Holland

    Active Member

    Dec 26, 2014
    Remember the hyped up talk about reaching "Peak OiI" in the 1990s?

    However, if the oil companies can drill down 5 miles (or frack shallow wells), the silicon industry will figure out a way to keep up with demand.